Possible relatives of former UNT student, employee emerge on eve of funeral

Margaret Rosa King
Margaret Rosa King

An eleventh-hour push to find any living relatives of Margaret Rosa King before her Wednesday funeral service has turned up a few leads, a University of North Texas spokesperson said.

King was a former graduate student and custodial employee at UNT. When she died at age 67 of natural causes Sept. 14, a search began to find and notify any family members. That search, conducted by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office, UNT police and finally UNT personnel, proved fruitless until Tuesday morning.

That was when UNT spokeswoman Leigh Anne Gullett said she opened an email to the school's general news account from a person in Virginia claiming to be King's cousin. Police are following up on that lead, Gullett said.

UNT police declined to comment.

Another person thinks they've tracked down King's grandmother's long-lost sister and police are checking that lead as well, Gullett said.

"None of them are local," she said.

Gullett didn't name the people who have come forward, but she did name one North Texas woman who might show up at King's funeral — just in case.

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"There is also a woman named Exonia King who shows up in a lot of searches as a relative," Gullett said. "She says she is not aware of any relationship, but I’ve been told she plans to attend the funeral service just in case they were somehow distantly related, as she lives locally."

King's funeral service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.

Two nights before Christmas in 1974, Rachel Trlica, Renee Wilson and Julie Moseley went shopping at the Seminary South Shopping Center and were never seen again. Their bodies have never been found and no suspects have been identified.

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74
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